Milwaukee (9-3) vs. Northeastern (2-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 21, 5 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Devlin Fieldhouse (3,600) -- New Orleans, Louisiana. Television: None. Home Record: Milwaukee 3-1, Northeastern 4-3. Away Record: Milwaukee 4-2, Northeastern 1-1. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 2-0, Northeastern 0-2. Conference Record: Milwaukee 0-0, Northeastern 0-0. Series Record: First- ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: In the second matchup of the Tulane Classic, the Milwaukee Panthers will go head-to-head with the Northeastern Huskies at Devlin Fieldhouse.
A five-game winning streak was put to a halt last time Milwaukee stepped on the floor, as the Panthers tangled with No. 4 Wisconsin in Madison. They were not able to put up much of a fight, falling 78-52. However, Milwaukee still boasts a 9-3 overall mark as well as a 4-2 record on the road. The Panthers get set to face Alabama State in the two-day event's finale on Sunday.
It seems like a long time ago that Northeastern pulled of its upset of Georgetown in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Since that triumph the Huskies have lost six straight games. However, five of those losses have come by single digits, including a 64-60 setback to Fairfield last time out. Northeastern battles Tulane in the Classic on Sunday.
Saturday's matchup will be the first ever between these programs.
Playing in a hostile road environment clearly took a toll on Milwaukee against Wisconsin. The Panthers turned the ball over 19 times and were outscored, 28-7, in points off of turnovers. Kyle Kelm did manage to score 17 points in the losing effort.
Head coach Rob Jeter will certainly be hoping his team can find more success on Saturday. On the season the squad has averaged 74.9 points per game and connected on 46.1 percent of their tries from the field. A balanced attack has kept the Panthers in the win column more often than not, with four players averaging in double figures. Matt Tiby (14.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg) is the top scorer as well as the team's best rebounder. The 6-foot-8 forward was held to just 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting against Wisconsin. Kelm (13.2 ppg) is another reliable scorer, along with Austin Arians (12.3 ppg) and Jordan Aaron (12.3 ppg).
In a game that featured eight ties and six lead changes, Northeastern was unable to have the last laugh against Fairfield. The Huskies' last lead in the contest came with 5:07 to play with them ahead, 50-52. In the final five minutes the Huskies had a pair of turnovers and missed on all but one of six field-goal attempts.
Scott Eatherton (17.4 ppg, 10.9 rpg) continued to add to his collection of double-doubles in the losing effort. The 6-foot-8 forward tied for a season- high with 22 points to go with 14 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the campaign. Eatherton has not gotten a ton of help from the rest of the roster. Reggie Spencer (11.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and David Walker (11.7 ppg) are the only two other double-figure scorers, while the team has just six players putting in more than three points per game. Spencer had 17 points against Fairfield, with the rest of the team managing just 21.
Milwaukee has been a well-rounded team early on and the loss to the Badgers can largely be credited to the level of competition it faced. The Panthers will have much less resistance from Northeastern in a neutral site affair.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Milwaukee 74, Northeastern 67
12/21 11:17:01 ET